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  1. Vatican chastised over list of bishops

    Posted Sep 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter By making public a list of mainland bishops invited to a world conference in Rome next month, the Vatican showed it had no respect for the mainland's 5 million ... it 'incomprehensible' that the Vatican made public the invitations even though it knew at least two of the bishops invited would not be able to attend because they were too old or in ill heath. If some or all ...

  2. Zen says he has been approached by Beijing

    Posted Apr 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun yesterday reiterated his belief that diplomatic ties between the mainland and the Vatican could be restored in two years. The cardinal said he had been contacted by mainland officials to discuss how best to re-establish Sino-Vatican ties. He said he was first approached about a month ago, adding he believed formal diplomatic ties ...

  3. Sino-Vatican ties have calmed down, says Cardinal Zen

    Posted Jun 06th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Diplomatic negotiations between the Vatican and Beijing will continue despite the row over the ordination of two mainland bishops by the state-controlled church in China, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said yesterday. Speaking after a week-long visit to Italy where he discussed Sino-Vatican affairs with top Vatican officials, the leader of the Catholic Church in Hong ...

  4. Vatican renews call to reconcile amid row

    Posted Nov 18th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung The Vatican's secretary of state yesterday called on mainland Catholics to reconcile and work for the long-term development of the Church, and reiterated hopes ... for stepping up spiritual training for priests and the faithful, and reminded bishops to build better ties with their priests. Bertone's letter was the latest Vatican move to address ...

  5. Vatican's peace overture breaks new ground

    Posted Jul 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Soon after his election, Pope Benedict declared restoration of the Vatican's ties with Beijing one of his priorities, along with reunification of the church on the mainland and the estimated 10 million Catholics there. His open letter to China's Catholics at the weekend is the Vatican's most serious overture to Beijing yet. It has gone to a lot of trouble to ensure ...

  6. Sticking points in Sino-Vatican relations

    Posted Apr 12th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung While previously frosty Sino-Vatican relations appear to be thawing, observers said major issues remained to be solved. As top Vatican officials have made clear, ... for Beijing to choose, before the Pope gives his final blessings for the new bishop. But for a full resumption of ties to work, the Vatican is likely to insist on other matters upon which ...

  7. Compromise unlikely in Pope's letter, says Zen

    Posted Mar 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Vatican has to protect traditional rights, says HK cardinal Pope Benedict's forthcoming letter to Chinese Catholics will clear up pastoral issues troubling the mainland church while spelling out the Vatican's bottom line on diplomatic negotiations, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said. But although conciliatory wording would be used to show the Vatican ...

  8. Vatican hunt for Zen's successor

    Posted Nov 30th 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung The Vatican is processing a list of candidates from which Pope Benedict will appoint the next bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said. The news came amid ... after a trip to Rome where he attended a high-level meeting of the Holy See commission on China policy, Cardinal Zen said Vatican officials handling the succession have finalised the names ...

  9. New Beijing bishop is 'very good' candidate, says Vatican official

    Posted Jul 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City The new Catholic bishop of Beijing was a 'very good' candidate, a senior Vatican official said, even though he had not been selected by the Pope, in what is seen as further evidence of Rome's efforts to reach a compromise with mainland authorities over the nomination of bishops. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary ...

  10. Zen urged to press Beijing's case on ties

    Posted May 11th 2006, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung Foreign Ministry Commissioner Lu Xinhua yesterday urged Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun to persuade the Vatican to accept Beijing's position on re-establishing diplomatic ties. Mr Lu said Cardinal Zen, head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, should understand the central government's policies on 'establishing Sino-Vatican diplomatic ties in a correct ...




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